I just released this beautiful lady monarch. She makes # 9 that I was able to successfully raise to a release. It's October, this one should be part of the mass migration. So, she will fly hundreds of miles to Mexico where she will hibernate with hundreds of others until coming back in the Spring to lay her eggs. My other releases probably only lived a couple of weeks, to reproduce. This one should live 7 or 8 months. There is no photo of butterfly #8, she was another one of those that took off immediately without a photo opportunity.
Female Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus)
SUNSET / BLOOD FLOWER Scarlet Milkweed (Asclepias Curassavica)